18 November, 2011

My Reading List

1) Committed. A follow-up to Eat, Pray, Love. but this time Gilbert is in love. After her fiance is denied entry into the U.S. they are forced to spend time in SE Asia while his status gets sorted out. With marriage an option looming before them, Gilbert is forced to re-examine her views of marriage, and till death do them part. She looks at the cultures they are in, examining the history, idea, mentality of marriage and tries to come to a conclusion. There is a very intriguing look at marriage in the United States (and western Europe) and how it went from a legal to a religious and back again institution.

A very lovely read.  It is a very excellent follow-up to Eat, Pray, Love that loses none of the charm of the original. Gilbert has a way of looking at things that is unique and charming. I feel like I am talking to a good friend wrestling with her thoughts on marriage and life.

2)  The Wild Things. Eggers takes on the classic childhood story (one of my favorites!) of Max and his adventure with The Wild Things. Deepening character development and bringing us closer to the monsters he interacts with, Eggers retains the childlike quality of the original story. I read it basically in one night, an easy read, a good book when you don't want to have to focus.

3) No Pity is a view inside the Independent Living movement. I am reading it for work, trying to learn more about people with disabilities and their struggle for equal rights. It is a helpful read for anyone who does not know that much about the Disability Rights Movement or has very little interaction with people with disabilities. It has shown me a lot, and has made me examine the misnomers, questions and fears I hold.

People with disabilities are a minority group in this country, one that anyone can join at any time. It is one that many people will as they age, and so we need to learn what we can and come to see that having a disability should not be met with pity or be turned into a heroes cause, but realize they are people who don't see their disabilities as something to make them stand out, but that they see as something that is part of who they are. They can live, work and play in our communities - as equals, asking nothing but the chance to be seen as equal and able.


What are you currently reading? Anything you'd like to recommend?

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